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Featured Student Stories

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dycastro
Japan

Why did you decide to study abroad?

While it enhanced my Japanese language ability, I decided to study abroad for the experience. It totally helped me grow as a person; that was another reason for the decision....

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mnguyen474
Hong Kong

What was the most challenging part of your experience?

Getting over the hot and humid weather. ...

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vnessa21
Costa Rica

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad to become fluent in Spanish after studying it in the states for 6 years....

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kknighto
France

Why did you decide to study abroad?

To immerse myself in a place I knew nothing about....

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anguiano2323
Germany

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Really I did not plan to go again on a study abroad. One day I heard a presentation from one of my professors. My professor was leading the program so I decided to go because the program included three countries in one whole month. So I took a leap of faith an...

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kwchung
Denmark

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I believe studying abroad provides opportunities that just aren't possible staying at home. The chance to learn from other cultures and apply classroom theory in real world situations is something I felt would enhance my undergraduate career....

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isaacwilkins
Kenya

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study aboard because I first wanted to go to Africa and had found a program that was going. Also I thought that it would expand my horizons in the aspect of education; which it ultimately did....

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alishacw
Ghana

Why did you decide to study abroad?

To explore a different way of living...

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perezj3
United Kingdom

What was the most challenging part of your experience?

The most challenging part of my experience was being more open to talking to strangers....

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markollinef
South Africa

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Considering that I had never been outside of the tri-state, I realized that it would be valuable for my personal development....

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LesleyVos
France

Describe your experience teaching abroad.

I've spent three wonderful months in Marseille, France. I attended Cours de Langue et de Culture Francaises (Intensive French) at University of Aix-Marseille, and I had an opportunity to teach English language to some French students....

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heeaster
Hong Kong

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself while emerged in a foreign culture. I had never traveled outside of the US before studying abroad. ...

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darciahrl
Cyprus

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to study in a completely different environment. I also love to travel, so it was a bonus that the program that I went through allowed me to travel to different places while studying abroad....

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Nazrawit
Guatemala

Why did you decide to study abroad?

To gain an international experience...

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phuaxiong
China

Why did you decide to study abroad?

In high school there were two exchange students, one from France during my sophomore year and one from Germany my junior year. I became really good friends with the both of them. I enjoyed sharing my experiences and culture with them as an American and learnin...

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Skploanyi
Spain

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to see what life was in another country and also learn a bit of Spanish....

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jl2014
Cuba

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to study to learn more about the world!...

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langv
Australia

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Study abroad was always something that I wanted to do even before enrolling at Upenn. I was interested in study abroad because it seemed like a great way to travel and experience another culture firsthand. I also knew that going abroad would force me out of my...

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mcodjoe
Spain

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to study abroad for 2 main reasons. First, I wanted to get outside of the typical college environment and see more of the world. The fact that I could study, get credit, and experience a different country all at the same time was a great deal to me! S...

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jhillrorie
Spain

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to immerse myself in the culture of the language that I was learning. ...

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emmalie
United Kingdom

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I had always wanted to study abroad - I had heard beforehand that it really broadens your world view, makes you more of a global citizen, etc. - and I wanted to get outside of the American bubble and see what life is like in other parts of the world/experience...

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ainan89
Canada

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I am a French minor I thought it would be a good idea to sharpen my linguistic and cultural literacy by immersing myself in a French-speaking environment....

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Lafeesah
Ghana

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I studied abroad so that I could be immersed in another culture and country. I'm a curious student and the Ghanaian cultuure has always been an interest of mine, so be able to go was amazing. ...

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kcbrice15
China

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad to experience a new environment by immersing myself in a completely different culture. I chose China because I wanted to learn Mandarin and more about modern Chinese culture....

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Tierra
Costa Rica

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad to fully immerse myself in Spanish culture and advance my Spanish speaking skills. I've also never been outside of the U.S. and through studying abroad, I had the perfect opportunity to do so....

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Jbenson
New Zealand

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Having grown up moving around, traveling and gaining perspective is always an interest of mine. I wanted to experience a lifestyle different than the one I've lived throughout my time in university. ...

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United Kingdom

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I was looking for an opportunity to leave the country and learn more about what lies beyond my culture and my experience. Essentially it was a new experience that I was looking for and I was surprised to find that and more!...

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